Stainless steel appliances. Granite countertops. Richly-stained cabinets. Gorgeous, no? Yes, of course, it is the very definition of contemporary kitchen design. But what if it isn’t you? What if you’re mid-century modern or country chic?
The current concept of kitchen design has been in a bit of a rut for the past five years ~ classy, beautiful rut ~ but a rut, all the same. To be fair, we are beginning to see a strong movement toward Euro-sleek lines and open concept cabinetry. I would never never discourage the use of any of the materials listed above, but if the “look” doesn’t resonate with your tastes, don’t be afraid to venture into a design aesthetic that befits your lifestyle, your home and your budget.
Below are some links to stoke the online inspiration. If you’re in Durango, print out your photo inspiration and bring them to one of our local designers and showrooms, like Tile Art, to get a feel of the materials in person. Importantly, ask about maintenance and the pros and cons of each. Of course, if we’re working together, I will be with you through the entire process of making material and design decisions, as well as visiting the designer of your choice together.
Here are those links:
- Timeless country kitchen, from Timber Home Living.
- The Euro sleek look, from Trendir.
- Environmentally-conscious/green materials, from PlanetGreen.
- An embarrassment of riches, with 101 design ideas from Dwell (including inspiration for open kitchens, small kitchens and “kitchens of the future.”
- French country, in House Beautiful.
- A mobile app from Architectural Digest that allows complete freedom and creativity.
- The full spectrum, from Houzz.com.